Facial Enhancement Acupuncture: the natural, anti-ageing protocol practised in 40 countries.

FACIALENHANCE® has been providing Facial Enhancement Acupuncture (FEA), also known as cosmetic acupuncture or facial rejuvenation acupuncture, treatment and training since 2004.

Traditional Five-Element Acupuncturist Paul Adkins developed the protocol. He treats clients in Cornwall, UK, and has trained over one thousand practitioners worldwide to practise his treatment.

Cosmetic acupuncture training is available via our Facial Enhancement Cosmetic Acupuncture Online Course. Acupuncture practitioners can attend acupuncture workshops, or one-to-one facial rejuvenation acupuncture training can be arranged.

In 2010, Paul also created the FACIALENHANCE® Micro Needle Therapy (MNT) treatment protocol. MNT is a skin needling technique that some call mesotherapy, derma rolling, dermaroller, skin rolling, or collagen induction therapy (CIT).

Facial Enhancement Jade Roller Massage is a technique developed by Paul and taught online to acupuncturists, beauty therapists, and practitioners looking to incorporate these fantastic Chinese beauty tools into their treatments.

Looking for a practitioner near you? Find our FACIALENHANCE® FEA, MNT, and Jade Roller Practitioners here.

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Paul Adkins’ Facial Enhancement Jade Roller Massage Masterclass is excellent as a stand-alone treatment or for incorporation into your facial treatments.

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17 October 2022We are delighted to announce that Scarboroughs Acupuncture Supplies now sponsor FACIALENHANCE®, Acupuncture Courses Online and Cosmetic Acupuncture UK. Scarboroughs is a family-run business established in 1974. Now in the second generation, the Company has a wealth of experience with acupuncture products. Scarboroughs was one of the first companies to import electro-acupuncture units into the UK and now supplies the NHS, the MOD and large teaching organisations as well as individual therapists. Scarborough stocks an extensive range of acupuncture needles to suit all therapists and all disciplines. We are excited to partner with Scarboroughs as our official main sponsor and provide exclusive discounts for our Cosmetic Acupuncture UK – Professional Practitioner Network Members. [...] Read more...
2 March 2022We are holding another two-day cosmetic acupuncture workshop on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May 2022. Paul Adkins, the Founder of Facial Enhancement Acupuncture and FACIALENHANCE®, runs this popular course. Practised in forty countries, Facial Enhancement Acupuncture is now in its eighteenth year. As a result, Paul is widely recognised as a world authority on cosmetic facial acupuncture. He has run workshops across the UK and in Japan, India, Norway and Ireland. Paul is also a published author on the subject and has featured on TV and radio discussing the merits of cosmetic acupuncture. This is an ideal opportunity to learn from one of the masters of this type of acupuncture and shouldn’t be missed. Details of the Masterclass • Only open to qualified acupuncturists or final year acupuncture students. This can be from a traditional or a medical acupuncture background. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact us. • This workshop is in Truro, Cornwall, UK – 7th and 8th May 2022. • The venue is the Highgrove Health & Wellbeing Centre. Students are advised to bring lunch as the college is out of town. • Coffee and tea will be available on the day. • All needles and equipment used will be supplied on the day. • Supplies will be available to purchase throughout the weekend. • Certification of attendance awarded to students. • Full listing as a Facial Enhancement practitioner upon completion of the course. • One year’s free membership of Cosmetic Acupuncture UK. • Cost of the workshop – £350 for the weekend (place secured with a £50 deposit). • Balance to be paid by bank transfer no later than one week before the workshop. • Places are limited to twelve for this popular masterclass, so you are advised to book your place early. What will be covered in the two days? Day One: 7th May 9.30 am – 4.00 pm  What is Facial Enhancement Acupuncture, and who is it for? Insurance and equipment used, and what you can charge. Getting excited about and marketing facial acupuncture. The points and techniques that we use in a treatment. Full demonstration of a treatment on a patient. Day Two: 8th May 9.30 am – 4.00 pm Recap of the previous day’s discussions. Practical sessions with students working on each other. Q&A. Finish. Booking In the first instance, please email Paul via email with your acupuncture qualification/experience details. You will then be given the bank details to place your deposit. Confirmation and details of the weekend will follow. Small Print All COVID-19 government guidelines at the time of the workshop will be strictly followed and must be adhered to by all participants. In the event that the workshop is unable to run for any reason at all, all monies paid will be refunded to participants or held over until another date at the participant’s discretion. We will not be liable for any other costs that participants have had in relation to accommodation or travel expenses. [...] Read more...
22 February 2022Limited time only: When you enrol on the Facial Enhancement Acupuncture online course (between 22nd February 2022 – 8th March 2022) you will also receive access to our Facial Enhancement Jade Roller Massage online masterclass worth £88! In addition, we will send you a FREE dual-ended jade roller and gua sha stone! This is a great opportunity to learn some additional techniques and take your cosmetic acupuncture treatments to the next level. Visit our sister-site AcupunctureCoursesOnline.com to enrol today. Once your payment has cleared, and your eligibility is confirmed, we will add you to the jade roller online masterclass. Offer ends: 8th March 2022* *T&Cs: The FEA online course is open to qualified acupuncture practitioners. Please get in touch with us to check eligibility. The same student must undertake both courses. We will ship your FREE jade rollers and gua sha to the address provided at purchase. Please allow 5 – 7 working days to receive the items. Offer runs between 22nd February 2022 – 8th March 2022 and only applies to new enrolments between these dates (cannot be backdated). [...] Read more...
7 December 2021My Facial Enhancement Acupuncture (FEA) workshop at the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) sold out last month. If you missed it, we have scheduled a new date for next year: 12th November 2022. This one-day cosmetic acupuncture training course features a mix of theoretical and practical sessions, with the opportunity to carry out the FEA treatment. By the end of the workshop you will be able to carry out the full protocol and add a valuable service to your practice. There are only 18 places available on each workshop, so you will need to book early in order to secure yours. Visit the ICOM website to book direct with the college. Paul Adkins Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), FEA, 1stDan, MFHT, MBAA, MCAUK [...] Read more...
25 November 2021We are holding another two-day workshop on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January 2022. The weekend training course will be run by Paul Adkins, the Founder of Facial Enhancement Acupuncture and FACIALENHANCE®. Paul has been teaching facial acupuncture for over 16 years, both in the UK and abroad. He has run workshops across the UK and in Japan, India, Norway and Ireland. Paul is widely recognised as a world authority on cosmetic facial acupuncture. Facial Enhancement Acupuncture, is now practised in 40 countries. Paul is also a published author on the subject and has featured on TV and radio discussing the merits of cosmetic acupuncture. This is an ideal opportunity to learn from one of the masters of this type of acupuncture and shouldn’t be missed. Details of the Masterclass •           The masterclass is only open to qualified acupuncturists or final year acupuncture students. This can be from a traditional or a medical acupuncture background. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact us. •           The masterclass is in Truro, Cornwall, UK – 29th and 30th January 2022. •           The venue is the International College of Acupuncture. Students are advised to bring lunch as the college is out of town. •           Coffee and tea will be available on the day. •           What will be covered in the two days? Day One: 29th Jan 9.30 am – 4.30 pm What is Facial Enhancement Acupuncture, and who is it for?Insurance and equipment used, and what you can charge?Getting excited about and marketing facial acupuncture.The points and techniques that we use in a treatment.Full demonstration of a treatment on a patient. Day Two: 30th Jan 9.30 am – 4.30 pmRecap of the previous day’s discussions.Practical sessions with students working on each other.Q&A.Finish. •           All needles and equipment used will be supplied on the day. •           Supplies will be available to purchase throughout the weekend. •           Certification of attendance awarded to students. •           Full listing as a Facial Enhancement practitioner upon completion of the course. •           One year’s free membership of Cosmetic Acupuncture UK. •           Cost of the workshop – £300 for the weekend (place secured with a £50 deposit). •           Balance to be paid by bank transfer no later than one week before the workshop. •           Places are limited for this popular masterclass, so you are advised to book your place early. BookingIn the first instance, please email Paul via email with details of your acupuncture qualification/experience. You will then be given the bank details to place your deposit. Confirmation and details of the weekend will follow. Small PrintAll COVID-19 government guidelines at the time of the workshop will be strictly followed and must be adhered to by all participants. In the event that the workshop is unable to run for any reason at all, all monies paid will be refunded to participants or held over until another date at the participant’s discretion. We will not be liable for any other costs that participants have had in relation to accommodation or travel expenses. [...] Read more...
8 March 2021We are very excited to announce two fantastic Cosmetic Acupuncture training weekends scheduled for the 25th and 26th of September and 9th and 10th October this year. The weekend training courses will be run by Paul Adkins, the Founder of Facial Enhancement Acupuncture. Paul has been teaching facial acupuncture for over 16 years, both in the UK and abroad. He has run workshops across the UK and in Japan, India, Norway and Ireland. Paul is widely recognised as a world authority on cosmetic facial acupuncture. FACIALENHANCE®, the brand name for Facial Enhancement Acupuncture, is now practised in 40 countries. Paul is also a published author on the subject and has featured on TV and radio discussing the merits of cosmetic acupuncture. This is an ideal opportunity to learn from one of the masters of this type of acupuncture and shouldn’t be missed. Details of the Masterclass •           The masterclass is only open to qualified acupuncturists or final year acupuncture students. This can be from a traditional or a medical acupuncture background. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact us. •           The masterclass is in Truro, Cornwall, UK – 25th and 26th September or 9th and 10th October. •           The venue is the International College of Acupuncture. Students are advised to bring lunch as the college is out of town. •           Coffee and tea will be available on the day. •           What will be covered in the two days? Day One: 25th Sept / 9th Oct 9.30 am – 5 pm What is Facial Enhancement Acupuncture, and who is it for?Insurance and equipment used, and what you can charge?Getting excited about and marketing facial acupuncture.The points and techniques that we use in a treatment.Full demonstration of a treatment on a patient. Day Two: 26th Sept / 10th Oct 9.30 am – 4 pmRecap of the previous day’s discussions.Practical sessions with students working on each other.Q&A.Finish. •           All needles and equipment used will be supplied on the day. •           Supplies will be available to purchase throughout the weekend. •           Certification of attendance awarded to students. •           Full listing as a Facial Enhancement practitioner upon completion of the course. •           One year’s free membership of Cosmetic Acupuncture UK. •           Cost of the workshop – £300 for the weekend (place secured with a £50 deposit). •           Balance to be paid by bank transfer no later than one week before the workshop. •           Discount of £15 if you bring your own portable couch and pillow etc •           Places are limited for this popular masterclass, so you are advised to book your place early. BookingIn the first instance, please email Paul via email with details of your acupuncture qualification/experience. You will then be given the bank details to place your deposit. Confirmation and details of the weekend will follow. Small PrintAll COVID-19 government guidelines at the time of the workshop will be strictly followed and must be adhered to by all participants. In the event that the workshop is unable to run for any reason at all, all monies paid will be refunded to participants or held over until another date at the participant’s discretion. We will not be liable for any other costs that participants have had in relation to accommodation or travel expenses. [...] Read more...
21 April 2020Tutor: Paul Adkins 1 Lesson, 10 Videos Was £88 | Now: £75 Discover the ancient secrets… incorporating specific acupressure points, Gua Sha and massage techniques developed by Paul Adkins; the founder of Facial Enhancement Acupuncture, the anti-ageing, non-surgical facelift. You will receive your own set of Jade Rollers FREE once you have enrolled! This online masterclass is open to everyone and is not only restricted to complementary therapists, although beauty therapists, massage therapists, holistic practitioners and cosmetic acupuncturists will be able to use Jade Roller Facial Enhancement Massage in their practices on completion of the course. Paul uses the Jade Rollers in every cosmetic acupuncture treatment he performs and now you can learn to use these fantastic Chinese beauty tools for maximum effect. Paul is available online if you have any questions about the treatment whilst you study. The online video demonstration is very detailed and covers all of the acupressure points, Gua Sha techniques and Jade Roller methods that Paul uses in a Facial Enhancement Massage. You will be able to use the rollers with confidence once you have watched Paul online and practised the techniques on yourself or clients. There is a short test to complete the Masterclass and you will receive a certificate and listing on the FACIALENHANCE® website once you have finished this comprehensive class. Access: Once enrolled, students can currently access the course for the duration of their study and for one year after successful completion and certification (as outlined in the Privacy Policy). FACIALENHANCE® reserves the right to amend the course access duration at any time, which will be updated in the Privacy Policy. ENROL Content WelcomeMaintaining Your Client’s ExpectationsSetting the SceneTreatment Products and ToolsPreparationStep 1: Using the Large Jade RollerStep 1: Video – Using the Large Jade Roller – Part IStep 1: Video – Using the Large Jade Roller – Part IIStep 2: Using the Mini Jade RollerStep 2: Video – Using the Mini Jade Roller Part IStep 2: Video – Using the Mini Jade Roller Part IIStep 3: Using a Jade Gua Sha ToolStep 3: Video – Using a Jade Gua Sha Tool – Part IStep 3: Video – Using a Jade Gua Sha Tool – Part IIStep 4: The FACIALENHANCE® Acupressure MassageStep 4: The Acupressure Points UsedStep 4: Video – The Acupressure Points UsedStep 4: Acupressure Massage TechniquesStep 4: Video – The FACIALENHANCE® Acupressure MassageStep 5: The FACIALENHANCE® Finishing MassageStep 5: Video – The FACIALENHANCE® Finishing Massage – Part IStep 5: Video – The FACIALENHANCE® Finishing Massage – Part IICompletionMasterclass FeedbackFinal Test [...] Read more...
21 April 2020 Tutor: Paul Adkins 8 Lessons, 16 Videos Online CourseTutor SupportNo time limit to complete your course30 hours of study PRICE: £295 ENROL Paul Adkins developed Facial Enhancement Acupuncture (FEA) and is the author of two well-received cosmetic acupuncture books. He’s trained many hundreds of acupuncturists, who now successfully practise this highly effective treatment in their clinics. This comprehensive online course has been designed by Paul to teach the techniques of a full Facial Enhancement Acupuncture treatment.  Training leads to certification as a Facial Enhancement Acupuncture practitioner, which is recognised worldwide as one of the highest standards in cosmetic acupuncture. And you’ll be joining acupuncturists in over thirty countries as a recognised FEA practitioner. You’ll also receive a listing on the FACIALENHANCE® website and the use of the letters FEA after your name when you finish the course. BONUS: Enrolling entitles you to a FREE one-year subscription to Cosmetic Acupuncture UK. Your listing and full access go live on successful completion of the course. The site ranks highly in the search engines, includes a worldwide section, useful resources and supplier discounts. It’s the perfect vehicle to drive more clients to your practice and to make the most of the new treatment you have to offer! ELIGIBILITY: Students will need a recognised acupuncture qualification or training to enrol, such as: TCM AcupuncturistFive Element AcupuncturistEastern Acupuncture TrainingWestern Medical Acupuncture BMAS/AACPAuricular Diploma Qualification If you have any questions, please contact Paul Adkins regarding eligibility. You have direct access to Paul; he responds to all of your queries, marks your homework and gives you feedback throughout your training. Continuing your professional development and bringing a whole new client base to your clinic, the course is easy to follow, and you take it at your own pace. ACCESS: Once enrolled, students can currently access the course for the duration of their study and one year after successful completion and certification (as outlined in the Privacy Policy). FACIALENHANCE® reserves the right to amend the course access duration at any time, which will be updated in the Privacy Policy. RECENT CPD ACCREDITATION: Approved by New Zealand Acupuncture Standards Authority (NZASA) Inc. for 30-hrs (Category 2 CPD). ENROL   Course Syllabus What Will I Learn? WELCOMEPreparation: The Treatment RoomPreparation: Essential EquipmentPreparation: The Initial ConsultationPreparation: Contraindications LESSON 1The Initial Grounding TreatmentAggressive Energy DrainGrounding PointsPoint Glossary LESSON 2Use of the Anaesthetic PointsAnaesthetic PointsAnaesthesia TipsPoint Glossary LESSON 3Muscles of the FaceNeedling the HeadNeedling the ForeheadVideo – Needling the Head and Forehead PointsNeedling the Eyebrow AreaVideo – Needling the Eyebrow AreaPoint Glossary LESSON 4Using Auricular PointsPoint Glossary LESSON 5Needling the JawVideo – Needling the Jaw Part IVideo – Needling the Jaw Part IINeedling the Front of the FaceVideo – Needling the Front of the Face Part IVideo – Needling the Front of the Face Part IINeedling the ChinPoint Glossary LESSON 6Treating the NeckVideo – Tightening the NeckPoint Glossary LESSON 7Working on the WrinklesVideo – Intradermal Needling the ForeheadVideo – Intradermal Needling Crow’s FeetVideo – Intradermal Needling the Nasal Labial FoldVideo – Removing the Intradermal Needles LESSON 8Facial Massage and FinishApplying Serums and CreamsVideo – Applying Serums and Creams Part IVideo – Applying Serums and Creams Part IIVideo – Facial Enhance Signature Acupressure Massage – Part IVideo – Facial Enhance Signature Acupressure Massage – Part IIVideo – Facial Enhance Signature Acupressure Massage – Part IIIIndian Facial Rejuvenation MassageEnd of the Course ENROL [...] Read more...
21 April 2020Looking to study cosmetic acupuncture? Our Facial Enhancement Acupuncture (FEA) online course was first launched in 2007, following FEA’s development by traditional Five Element acupuncturist and founder of FACIALENHANCE® – Paul Adkins in 2004. There’s online support throughout the course and also exclusive access to Paul throughout your training. Studies have shown that people are more likely to accomplish a major task in small increments. If you’re not able to complete the courses in one sitting, as most of us can’t, you can come back anytime and continue where you left off. However, with dedicated study, it is possible to be offering this new service to your patients within a week of starting the courses. That’s the beauty of training via acupuncturecoursesonline.com, you can set your own pace for your learning Paul’s facial acupuncture protocol. And it doesn’t stop there… Facial Enhancement Acupuncturists will be joining an ever growing association of cosmetic acupuncturists, with the added membership benefits of our professional practitioner network, a listing on the FACIALENHANCE® website and certification. It’s simple to SIGN UP NOW. You are only a few clicks away from beginning your e-learning experience. Please visit our TRAINING PORTAL for more information about our online training options or visit our sister-site AcupunctureCoursesOnline.com to view our full acupuncture course catalogue. [...] Read more...
8 October 2019Gua Sha is an East Asian treatment which generally uses quite a vigorous rubbing/scraping technique. It is mainly used in China on the patient’s back, for detoxification purposes or for various sprains and injuries throughout the body. (Adkins 2013, p.133) Gua means ‘to scrape or scratch’ and Sha is the resulting redness or rash (Nielsen 1995, p.43). The facial version that we use in a Facial Enhancement Acupuncture treatment requires extreme care, as the skin on the face is far more delicate. Used in this way, it is a lovely relaxing part of the treatment that can be used across the cheeks, around the eyes, on the forehead, the nasal labial fold and the fine lines around the mouth. (Adkins 2013, p.133) A 2007 study: “The effect of Gua Sha treatment on the microcirculation of surface tissue: A pilot study in healthy subjects,” was conducted by the Department of Nephrology, Unit of Circulation Research, University Hospital of Essen, Germany. In part, researchers aimed to discover the microcirculatory effects of Gua Sha on the skin: “Gua Sha caused a fourfold increase in microcirculation PUs at the treated area for the first 7.5 minutes following treatment and a significant increase in surface microcirculation during the entire 25 minutes of the study period following treatment (P < .001).” This study shows that Gua Sha increases microcirculation to the treated area. But how does that relate to Facial Enhncement Acupuncture (FEA)? We know from studies, such as that by Bentov and May, that decreased microcirculation is related to the ageing process of the skin: “Aging is associated with dramatic changes in the anatomy and function of the microcirculation.” (Bentov, I. and Reed, M. J. 2015) When we use Gua Sha in an FEA treatment, we are “aiming to get the energy moving in the face…” (Adkins, P. 2013, p.137) You will find that, with only very mild rubbing, the skin may redden. That is the Sha appearing and this will settle down within a couple of minutes. (Adkins, P. 2013, p.137) Therefore, adding some Gua Sha into our daily facial routines, and including it, as we do in a Facial Enhancement Acupuncture treatment, can help to improve microcirculation – thereby reducing the signs of ageing in the skin. Paul Adkins Lic.Ac. BA(Hons) FEA, MBAcC, MCAUK ReferencesAdkins, P. (2013) Facial Enhancement Acupuncture: Clinical Use and Application. London: Singing Dragon Bentov, I. and Reed, M.J. (2015) ‘The Effect of Aging on the Cutaneous Microvasculature.’ Microvascular Research 100, 25-31 Nielsen, A. (1995) Gua Sha: A Traditional Technique for Modern Practice. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. Nielsen, A., Knoblauch, N.T.M., Dobos G.J., Michalsen, A. and Kaptchuk, T.J. (2007) ‘The effect of Gua Sha treatment on the microcirculation of surface tissue: a pilot study in healthy subjects.’ Explore 3, 5, 456-466. [...] Read more...
30 September 2019Interested in our Facial Enhancement Acupuncture online course? Want to find out more? Taken from a recent live Q & A, Paul Adkins discusses the FEA online course, what’s involved, how it works and what to expect from studying his cosmetic acupuncture protocol online. Click below to view the video. To get started on the FEA online course, you can enrol over at AcupunctureCoursesOnline.com [...] Read more...
17 July 2019In their 2013 study: ‘Effect of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity: An Open-Label, Single-Arm Pilot Study’ , Younghee Yun et al. hypothesised that facial acupuncture ‘affects facial elasticity by restoring resting mimetic muscle tone through the insertion of needles into the muscles of the head, face, and neck.’ We explored the effects of facial acupuncture on skin elasticity in a previous blog post here. I developed Facial Enhancement Acupuncture after considering the locations of the acupuncture points on the face and their positions with reference to the facial muscles, so this study, and that which follows was of particular interest. For instance, Bladder 2 (Bl 2 – pictured) is located on the frontalis and corrugator supercilli muscles; the latter pulls the eyebrows together. Bl 2 is also a really good point for benefiting the eyes. In this way, we are working with the muscles, alongside the applications of that particular point from a Chinese medicine perspective, to assist in anti-ageing treatment. Younghee Yun et al. reference the work of Louarn et al. who: ‘…conducted an MRI study on changes in the contour of facial mimetic muscles in patients of different ages. They found that facial mimetic muscles gradually straighten and shorten with age as a result of increased resting muscle tone. Based on these findings, we hypothesized that FCA could be used to improve facial elasticity with needles inserted into the muscles of the head, face, and neck, resulting in restored muscle tone.’ My analogy has always been to ‘think of the facial muscles going to the gym; we are giving each muscle a work-out by stimulating it with our needle.’ Which, as Younghee Yun et al. hypothesise, could be a valid way to combat the natural straightening and shortening of the facial muscles as we age. Indeed, their study results suggested that the facial acupuncture ‘improved facial elasticity in women aged 40 and 59 years with a Glogau photoaging scale III.’ I welcome more studies to measure how acupuncture can restore resting mimetic muscle tone. Paul Adkins Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), FEA, MCAUK, MBAcC Yun, Y., Kim, S., Kim, M., Park, J-S. and Choi, I. (2013) ‘Effect of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity: An Open-Label, Single-Arm Pilot Study’ Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine vol. 2013, Article ID 424313 Louarn, C. L., Buthiau, D. and Buis, J. (2007)  ‘Structural aging: the facial recurve concept,’ Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 213–218 Adkins, P. (2014) Facial Enhancement Acupuncture: Clinical Use and Application. London: Singing Dragon [...] Read more...
17 July 2019Thank you to everyone who joined me on my recent live Q&A, where we took a deep dive into my full cosmetic acupuncture protocol. Click the video below to view a snippet of me sharing a little about constitutional points and their role in Facial Enhancement Acupuncture (FEA). https://youtu.be/2Pc4vyCKbB8 Keen to know more? Whether you attend a masterclass, workshop or enrol on the online course, each of our FEA study options provides you with the knowledge and practical techniques to practise cosmetic acupuncture upon completion. Take a look at our training page to learn more. Paul Adkins Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), FEA, MCAUK, MBAcC [...] Read more...
16 July 2019We’re pleased to announce that our Facial Enhancement Acupuncture (FEA) online course has been approved by the New Zealand Acupuncture Standards Authority (NZASA) Inc. for 30-hrs (Category 2 CPD). Please visit the NZASA website for further details about the registration authority and their commitment ‘to helping practitioners maintain standards of professional, ethical and clinical competency in acupuncture in NZ.’ [...] Read more...
27 March 2019Melasma is also known as chloasma or the ‘mask of pregnancy’. It’s a common, mainly facial, skin condition which results in brown or greyish patches of pigment developing. It usually appears on the forehead, chin, cheeks, upper lip, and nose. The British Skin Foundation covers the condition in more detail here A 2016 study: “Randomized clinical trial of facial acupuncture with or without body acupuncture for treatment of melasma”, evaluated the efficacy of acupuncture treatments in treating facial melasma. They divided women suffering from melasma into two groups 1. facial acupuncture and 2. facial/body acupuncture. The women had 2 sessions per week for 8 weeks. Those in the facial acupuncture group were needled transversely from the rim toward the centre of their melasma pigmentation patches. The facial/body acupuncture group were also needed at 11 body acupuncture points; bilaterally at LI4, SP10, ST36, LV3, SP6, and REN 6, 95.2% and 90% in the facial/body and facial acupuncture groups respectively had decreased melasma areas. The mean reduction area was 2.6 sq cm for the former and 2.4 sq cm for the latter. Participants also had lighter pigmentation compared to their baselines – 66.7% in the facial/body acupuncture group and 80% in the facial acupuncture only group. This study concluded that “Facial acupuncture, with or without body acupuncture, was shown to be effective in decreasing the size of melasma areas.” Reference Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Feb;22:1-7 [...] Read more...
21 March 2018Retinol (Vitamin A), is well-known as an active ingredient in skin creams and serums. A 2007 randomised, double-blind, vehicle controlled study evaluated the effectiveness of topical retinol in improving naturally aged skin: ‘Topical retinol improves fine wrinkles associated with natural aging. Significant induction of glycosaminoglycan, which is known to retain substantial water, and increased collagen production are most likely responsible for wrinkle effacement.’ (Kafi, R. et al. 2007, p.606)… …While vitamin A is important to the body it can be toxic in high doses and can also have a drying effect so, if using retinol, you may want to include hyaluronic acid serum to lock in the moisture. N.B. Facial Enhancement Acupuncture is contraindicated for patient’s actively trying for a baby, pregnant or breast-feeding and retinol should not be applied in any of these cases. Vitamin A is also not recommended for patients undergoing skin peeling procedures or taking medication prescribed for acne. Excerpt taken from my book – Facial Enhancement Acupuncture: Clinical Use and Application (Affiliate link) References Kafi, R., Kwak, H.S.R., Schumacher, W.E., Cho, S. et al. (2007) ‘Improvement of Naturally Aged Skin With Vitamin A (Retinol).’ Archives of Dermatology 143, 5, 606-612. [...] Read more...
7 February 2018We’re unable to synthasise Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid (LAA) is the chemically active form), which is why we need to acquire it from our diet. But what about our skin? Alongside eating foods containing high levels of Vitamin C, we can also take it in supplement form, but: ‘only a small fraction of it will eventually be biologically available and active in the skin.’ (Al-Niami, F (2016), para. 2) This isn’t to say that we mustn’t ensure a well-balanced diet, as it’s important on so many levels, but it leads us to seek out effective topical solutions too to boost it. Vitamin C, the most abundant antioxidant in human skin, has been subject to a significant amount of research, which supports the use of cosmeceuticals containing it: “Cutaneous benefits include promoting collagen synthesis, photoprotection from ultraviolet A and B, lightening hyperpigmentation, and improvement of a variety of inflammatory dermatoses.” (Farris, PK. (2005)) Its ability to promote new collagen helps to tighten the skin and reduce minor lines and wrinkles. Also, as we’ve discussed in previous articles, protection from UV rays, with their links to skin ageing, is of utmost importance. The key when using Vitamin C topically is to use only highly stable products; often store brands can contain low quality vitamin C which quickly becomes pro-oxidant and damaging to the skin. We would recommend Medik8 CE Tetra or C Tetra as they use the latest, highly stable vitamin c in their serums. References Al-Niami, F. (2016) ‘The effects of topical vitamin C on the skin.’ prime-journal.com. Farris, PK. (2005) ‘Topical vitamin C: a useful agent for treating photoaging and other dermatologic conditions.’ Dermatologic Surgery, 31, 814-7; discussion 818. [...] Read more...
29 January 2018A 2012 preliminary study* undertaken at the Department of Health, Tsukuba University of Technology in Japan, suggests that cosmetic acupuncture can modulate the water and oil content of the skin: “These preliminary results suggest that cosmetic acupuncture increased the water and oil content of facial skin in a female participant whose water content and oil content were lower before receiving acupuncture than those of the mean values of women of the same age.” (Donoyama, N. et al. 2012, p.152) It was deemed that acupuncture might therefore contribute to enhancing the appearance of the skin. A larger scale study is being prepared to further verify these findings. Paul Adkins Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), FEA, MBAcc, MCAUK   Reference Donoyama, N., Kojima, A., Suoh, S., Ohkoshi, N. (2012) ‘Cosmetic acupuncture to enhance facial skin appearance: a preliminary study’ Acupunct Med, 30, 152–153. *http://aim.bmj.com/content/acupmed/30/2/152.full.pdf [...] Read more...
18 January 2018The Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine published research showing that facial acupuncture improves skin elasticity in July 2013. From August to September 2011 a pilot study* was carried out at Kyung Hee University Hospital in Gangdong, Korea. 28 women aged between 40 – 59 received five sessions of facial acupuncture over three weeks. The participants’ skin was measured before and after the treatments. There was a significant improvement in the ‘Moire Topography’ criteria, which is used to measure the facial contours and skin elasticity. I recommend a course of ten regular Facial Enhancement Acupuncture treatments for my patients, to begin with, for optimum results, followed-up with maintenance treatments at greater intervals. It would be interesting to see further studies into facial acupuncture’s effect on skin elasticity, particularly the improvements after more treatments. *https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3745857/ Paul Adkins Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), FEA, MBAcC, MCAUK [...] Read more...
17 January 2018Winter is here but, despite UVB rays decreasing, we’re still at risk from UVA rays: one of the major causes of premature skin ageing. In a 2013 study of 298 women, half sun-worshippers and half sun-shy, a staggering 80 percent of skin ageing was found to be caused by UV rays.* The sun will, of course, affect people in varying ways depending on the amount of melanin that they have in their skin and the study found that facial sagging was more likely caused by gravity. How can we protect our skin? The use of a safe, high quality SPF is important to prevent further cell damage. The products that I use for my Facial Enhancement Acupuncture and Micro Needle Therapy treatment are from the Medik8 range. The moisturiser contains SPF 30. Remember to also keep hydrated, it’s one of the most important things you can do for your skin. To help boost this, I recommend the Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Serum at my clinic. Facial Enhancement Acupuncture can be used to target the fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and improve your complexion. And the good news is that it can also help lift the face too, so even gravity gets a run for its money! *https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3790843/ Paul Adkins Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), FEA, MBAcC, MCAUK [...] Read more...
10 January 2018We’ve finalised the dates for our Cornwall Facial Enhancement Acupuncture masterclasses this year. Acupuncture practitioners can join us at Positive Acupuncture near Truro for this one-day workshop on either: Saturday 27th January 2018 Saturday 10th January 2018 Saturday 12th May 2018 Saturday 21st July 2018 The one-day masterclass (pictured) is priced at £250 and we require a £50 deposit when you book. Here’s a brief outline: 1. Hands-On Training You’ll cover the theory of Facial Enhancement Acupuncture and watch a demonstration of the full protocol in the morning and then it’s your turn to perfect the treatment in the afternoon by practising on one another. 2. Small Group Learning There will only be a maximum of four participants, so you’ll have direct access to me throughout the day to answer your questions as they arise. 3. Master the Marketing You’ll have the protocol, but what’s also important is how you’re going to get it out there. I was in sales and marketing for many years and I’ll share tips and techniques that will give you the tools to promote your new service. If this feels like it’s just what you need to take your business to the next level in 2018, then I’d love it if you could join us. As each masterclass is limited to four participants, be sure to book your place early to avoid disappointment. Note: Transport can be arranged for travel from Truro city centre to the venue at Threemilestone, please let us know if this is required once you’ve booked your place. Book here.       [...] Read more...
11 October 2017In the September 2017 edition of Vanity Fair, Angelina Jolie hails acupuncture for her full recovery from temporary facial paralysis: “Last year, in addition to hypertension, Jolie developed Bell’s palsy, a result of damage to facial nerves, causing one side of her face to droop. “Sometimes women in families put themselves last,” she says, “until it manifests itself in their own health.” Jolie credits acupuncture for her full recovery from the condition.” It’s great to see acupuncture highlighted for Bell’s Palsy; as a facial acupuncturist, it’s a subject that I’ve researched a lot over the years, particularly whilst writing my second book Facial Enhancement Acupuncture: Clinical Use and Application: ‘Bell’s palsy is an acute peripheral unilateral facial weakness or paralysis with an as yet unknown cause.’ (Xia, F. et al. 2011, p.1) At the time of writing a study was published highlighting the positive effect of De-Qi for patients with early onset Bells Palsy… Points included GB14, ST4, ST6, ST7 and TH17 on the affected side and LI4 on both sides. Six months following treatment, it was found that acupuncture with De-Qi ‘improved facial muscle recovery, disability and quality of life among patients with Bell palsy. Stronger intensity of De-Qi was associated with better therapeutic effects.’ (Xu, S.B. et al. 2013, p.5) Xia, F., Han, J., Liu, X., Wang, J., et al. (2011) ‘Prednisolone and acupuncture in Bell’s palsy: study protocol for a randomized, controlled trial.’ Trials 12, 158. Xu, S-B., Huang, B., Zhang, C-Y., Du, P., et al. (2013) ‘Effectiveness of strengthened stimulation during acupuncture for the treatment of Bell palsy: a randomized controlled trial.’ Canadian Medical Association Journal 10, 1503. [...] Read more...
17 August 2017Jenny Brownlees, writing for Refinery29, has written an excellent article discussing the growing demand for cosmetic acupuncture as a gentle, holistic alternative to Botox. Facial Enhancement Acupuncture (FEA) is highlighted in the piece for its natural, anti-ageing benefits in a great interview with Jo Curle, our FACIALENHANCE® Affiliate acupuncturist for Newcastle: ‘I can confirm that Jo’s skin at age 40 looks better than mine at 27. When I ask Jo’s stance on Botox, she replies: “It is a toxin, and simply hasn’t been used long enough for us to see the potentially damaging effects of it building up in our system. It can also look quite harsh, whereas FEA is gentle and non-toxic. A course of treatment takes several weeks to administer, allowing the body time between sessions to build collagen and rejuvenate on its own.”’ Read the article in full here>> [...] Read more...
21 April 201730% Off Facial Enhancement Acupuncture (FEA) Online Course SAVE £75 | Was £250 | NOW £175* For a limited time only, I’m offering my FEA online course at an extra special discounted rate. It’s been a long time since we had an offer like this, so if you’ve been meaning to sign up – now’s the time to do it! *The offer will end on Sunday April 30th 2017 at 11pm (GMT). Click here to enrol today. [...] Read more...
14 February 2017Following the successful launch of Michael Baker’s Five Element Acupuncture Theory online course last year, we’ve joined forces to create our first two-day workshop together. “I am honored to have attended your online continuing education course! Thank you for having me and sharing some much needed perspective along with the wisdom only encompassed by a true professional. I feel truly enlightened.” ~ Whitney Ellis, Five Element Acupuncture Theory Online Course, February 2017 Five Element Acupuncture Theory – Stage One is intended to be of interest to a wide range of practitioners e.g. TCM, Five-Element, Western Medical etc. We will explore each of the Five Elements in turn, unpacking such issues as; the gifts and challenges, the seasonal and climatic links, the time-frames, the influences of food and the Classical and practical discussions on the diagnostic tools of Colour, Sound, Odour and Emotion. We will pay particular attention to each Element in turn as follows: The Wood Element: With regard to such issues as – the diversity of Wood, the virtues of Wood. To include the phrases and expressions used by Wood C.F.’s. The Fire Element: With regard to such issues as – relationships, communications and connection. The influence Fire has on intimacy and sexual aspects of life. To include the phrases and expressions used by Fire C.F.’s. The Earth Element: With regard to such issues as – our connections to the mother within us, the importance of learning to say no, the importance of the home, the influence of routine, along with aspects of digestion. To include phrases and expressions used by Earth C.F.’s. The Metal Element: With regard to such issues a – the spiritual links, the importance of respect quality and perfection, man’s relationship between heaven and earth,  the influence of fairness, justice, and righteousness. To include phrases and expressions used by Metal C.F.’s. The Water Element: With regard to such issues as – the diversity of Water, the virtue of wisdom. To include phrases and expressions used by Water C.F.’s. Thereby, enabling us to recognise how these Elemental energetics manifest in our patients, and will in turn enhance our daily practice. 2017 Dates Location: Cornwall Saturday 22nd/Sunday 23rd April Saturday 3rd/ Sunday 4th June Location: York Saturday 2nd/Sunday 3rd September Cost: £295 for two-day workshop Booking Michael and I very much hope that you can join us at one of our upcoming events this year. To book your place on a workshop and for further details of the course itself, please follow the course link or call us on 01726 883187. [...] Read more...
12 February 2017Competition Time… On Saturday 18th February my clinic in Cornwall, UK, the home of FACIALENHANCE® for the past 13 years, will be changing its name from ‘The Mitchell Hill Clinic’ to ‘Positive Acupuncture’. To celebrate the clinic’s rebranding, we will randomly select one winner to receive a free place on my FEA online course. This is our biggest prize to date, worth a huge £250 GBP. To enter, simply like our Facebook page and then like and share the competition post, pinned to the top of our page, by the end of this month on Tuesday 28th February, 7pm GMT. We will announce the winner by 9pm that evening. Thank you and good luck! T&C’s: Entrant/Winner must be a qualified acupuncture practitioner, please message us if you need to check course eligibility before entering. One entry per person. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash or any other prize or transferred to another person. The prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. [...] Read more...
3 February 2017Embody is the magazine for Complementary Therapists Association members and they got in touch while I was preparing for my trip to Japan a couple of months ago. I was due to present at the International Cosmetic Acupuncture Summit in Tokyo in December and one of my main subjects was about Facial Enhancement Acupuncture and its relationship to the Chinese Five Elements. With this in mind, I wrote this piece for Embody’s 2016 Winter edition and you can now view it in full here: Facial Enhancement Acupuncture: Its Relationship to the Chinese Five Elements As you’ll see, the article looks into cosmetic acupuncture from a Five Element perspective, looking at each of the Chinese Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water in turn. Interested in learning more about the Five Element Acupuncture Theory? Take a look at our new online course and 5E Workshops. Paul Paul Adkins Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), FEA, 1st Dan, MBAcC, MCAUK   [...] Read more...
16 December 2016I’ve recently returned from a wonderful trip to Japan to present and demonstrate Facial Enhancement Acupuncture (FEA) at the International Cosmetic Acupuncture Summit (ICAS) in Tokyo. Our friend, FEA graduate and leading Japanese facial acupuncturist Takao Ueda (BIN) hosted the event on the 3rd/4th December to widen the scope of cosmetic acupuncture in Japan. Top US cosmetic acupuncturist Mary Elizabeth Wakefield and her partner MichelAngelo were also invited to present. We all agreed that this event was the beginning of what looks to be an important step towards creating a world standard for cosmetic acupuncture (more on this in future posts). For now, here’s the diary I made of my visit, with pictures below: Friday 2nd December – Asakusa, Nakamise Street and TOKYO SKYTREE BIN took us all for a bus sightseeing tour today, stopping at Asakusa and Nakimise Street; a shopping arcade with a history dating back to the latter half of the 17th century. Our next stop was to see the impressive SkyTree Tower, where we enjoyed a delicious meal and took in the amazing view of the Tokyo skyline from the observatory; 350 metres above ground. It’s great to see BIN, as it’s been six years since he trained with me back in Cornwall, UK. We discussed our plans for the Summit and everyone was excited about the upcoming event. Saturday 3rd December – Imperial Hotel, Tokyo The stage is set for the first International Cosmetic Acupuncture Summit (ICAS). We met with our interpreter and prepared for our presentations. BIN, Mary Elizabeth with MichelAngelo and I presented to over 100 delegates, each of us focussing on the latest skincare trends, treatment technology and our respective cosmetic acupuncture markets in Japan, USA and UK, both now and looking forward to the future. We went on to an evening banquet with the attendees and had the opportunity for lots of photos with delegates, it was fantastic to meet everyone and discuss acupuncture practice in Japan. My large beard and arm tattoos also seemed to provide a talking point amongst the guests! Sunday 4th December – Vision Center, Tokyo We started early today with presentations in the morning. The aim was to expand on the main focus of the weekend; that cosmetic acupuncture is an holistic treatment, working on both the body and face as a whole system. With this in mind, I chose to talk about the Five Elements and their relationship to Facial Enhancement Acupuncture. We followed this in the afternoon by demonstrating our individual treatment protocols to groups of delegates, who rotated for each class. I really enjoyed the experience, particularly meeting fellow acupuncturists and having the opportunity to bring FEA to Japan. The event was a real success, everyone seemed very enthusiastic about the topics covered and the future for cosmetic acupuncture both in Japan and around the world. Monday 5th December – Kamakura Our final day and we’re all visiting Kamakura, also known as the ‘Kyoto of the East’. The colours of the trees were breathtaking and it was a wonderful experience to visit the temples and shrines there. A highlight for me was seeing the ‘Kamakura Daibutsu’ or Great Buddha of Kamakura, which was created seven and a half centuries ago and stands 13.35 metres (almost 44 foot) tall. To finish our trip in style, BIN and his wife Aiko took us to Gonpachi, otherwise known as the ‘Kill Bill Restaurant’, as Tarantino used it as the inspiration for the famous fight scene in his movie. The food there was some of the best I’ve ever tasted. I feel very honoured to have been invited to participate in the Summit; BIN, Aiko and his team did a remarkable job in hosting and looking after me throughout my stay. It was wonderful to meet Mary Elizabeth Wakefield and MichelAngelo, discovering more about cosmetic acupuncture in the US and enjoying their company on this trip. Now I’m home and it has been great to see all of the attendees’ photos from the event on social media, I also documented my trip in photographs over on Instagram and Facebook – it was so good to meet everybody. I will miss Tokyo, it’s a fascinating city and I hope to visit again. In the meantime we hope to schedule more conferences over the next few years so, most of all, I am excited for the future of cosmetic acupuncture. Paul Paul Adkins Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), FEA, MBAcC, MCAUK Founder of FACIALENHANCE® [...] Read more...
24 November 2016Interested in cosmetic acupuncture training? Train with FACIALENHANCE® in 2017 at the following UK venues:   The Mitchell Hill Clinic – One-Day Masterclass Price: £250 Saturday 28th January Saturday 4th March Saturday 13th May Saturday 22nd July Saturday 26th August Saturday 14th October (Max 4 Students)   International College of Oriental Medicine – Two-Day Workshop Price: £395 Saturday 11th February/Sunday 12th February (Max 14 Students – additional hands-on practical training covered on day two)   Northern College of Acupuncture – Two-Day Workshop Price: £395 Saturday 1st July/Sunday 2nd July (Max 14 Students – additional hands-on practical training covered on day two)   Unable to make these venues/dates? Why not schedule one-to-one training or enrol on the Facial Enhancement Acupuncture online course. Contact us with any questions you may have about training or to enrol on upcoming courses. [...] Read more...
21 November 2016I’m excited to announce that I’ll be presenting and demonstrating Facial Enhancement Acupuncture (FEA) in Tokyo next month. The International Cosmetic Acupuncture Summit is being held on 3rd/4th December 2016 at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo and Vision Centre, Tokyo respectively. I’ve been asked to attend by my friend and FEA graduate Takao Ueda (BIN) – pictured. BIN has organised the event to widen the outlook of cosmetic acupuncture in Japan. For more on the summit, please visit Bin’s event page. I’m greatly looking forward to visiting Japan and meeting fellow acupuncturists. And, it’s an honour for me to have the opportunity of taking FEA to Tokyo. Paul Paul Adkins Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), 1st Dan, FEA, MBAcC, MCAUK   [...] Read more...

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Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), FEA, 1stDan, BMAS, MCAUK

Qualified with an honours degree from the CTA Leamington College of Five-Element Acupuncture, Paul is a Traditional Acupuncturist practising in Truro, Cornwall, UK and the Vice-Principal of the International College of Acupuncture.

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